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What EMS Need to Know About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is modern slavery.

EMS personnel – Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and transporters who work with these medical professionals – can play an important role in reporting and stopping human trafficking. By understanding the dynamics of human trafficking, EMS personnel can help victims. The key to being able to report suspected trafficking is to understand what human trafficking is, what it might look like, and how to report it.


After completing this training, EMS personnel will be able to do the following:

  • Know the prevalence of human trafficking in Florida and the United States;
  • Be aware of the dynamics of two types of human trafficking: labor and sex trafficking;
  • Understand the impact of human trafficking on victims;
  • Know the economic aspect of human trafficking;
  • Be aware of some of the places EMS might encounter human trafficking;
  • Recognize human trafficking in order to help victims;
  • Understand how to report human trafficking;
  • Know where to get more information on human trafficking.

How to Navigate this Training

There are six sections in this training that will provide EMS personnel with crucial information. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to click on and complete each section of the training.

  1. Human Trafficking: Definition, Laws, Facts
  2. Labor Trafficking
    1. Recruiting Tactics
    2. Methods of Control
    3. Common Locations and Industries
  3. Sex Trafficking
    1. Recruiting Tactics
    2. Methods of Control
    3. Common Locations and Industries
  4. Characteristics of Victims & Traffickers
  5. Red Flags
  6. Reporting and Resources

If you receive a score of at least 80% on the quiz at the end of the training, you will receive a Certificate of Training from the Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University.

Sponsored by the

The Human Trafficking Project was supported by Award No. VF004 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Sponsored by the Institute for Family Violence Studies and the State of Florida.